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Child Development and Education

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About Our Programs

Our child development programs provide a strong foundation of classroom and lab learning, preparing you for a rewarding career working with children

Our certificate programs can help you get your first job in child development or enhance the career you've already started.

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Degrees & Certificates

We offer both degrees and certificates with a focus on early childhood development or elementary teacher education, and program supervision and mentoring.

Associate in Arts Degree

Associate Degree for Transfer


View requirements on our degrees & certificates page in our Child Development online catalog.

  • Certificate of Achievement in Child Development Teacher
  • Certificate of Achievement in Program Supervision and Mentoring
  • Certificate of Achievement in Early Childhood Education Fundamentals
  • Certificate of Achievement in Elementary After Care Education
  • Certificate of Achievement in Early Childhood Special Education

Choose a Child Development Focus

Our courses are designed to deepen understanding of children, their families and developmentally appropriate practices while preparing students for careers in early childhood education.

Most classes are held at our Sunnyvale Center

You have the opportunity to receive stipends for completions of specified coursework, get reimbursed for class fees, and earn an Associate of Arts Degree or transfer to a 4-year university to continue your studies.

Courses for General Education

Our child development program includes courses that may be taken as general education requirements for other majors.

See our course catalog for detailed descriptions.

See schedule of classes for courses offered this and upcoming term.

Core Classes

CHLD 1 Child Growth & Development: Prenatal through Early Childhood
CHLD 2 Child Growth & Development II: Middle Childhood through Adolescence
CHLD 51A Affirming Diversity in Education
CHLD 56 Observation & Assessment
CHLD 56N Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children
CHLD 86A Mentoring the Early Care & Education Professional
CHLD 86B Practicum Student Teaching in an Early Childhood Program
CHLD 88 Child, Family & Community
CHLD 88B Positive Behavior Management
CHLD 89 Curriculum for Early Care & Education Programs
CHLD 95 Health, Safety & Nutrition in Children's Programs

+ many more electives

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Located at the Foothill College Sunnyvale Center

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Child Development Department


Sunnyvale Campus, 211Q

Division Office Contacts

Natasha Mancuso, Interim Division Dean
If you have questions for the division dean, please contact the Student & Faculty Support Center.
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